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Dec 11, 2014

Bloomberg View | Share The View December 11, 2014: Torture Policy and the New Space Race.

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DECEMBER 11, 2014bloombergview.com

DECLASSIFIED
Eli Lake: "For more than a dozen years, Redha al-Najar has been something of a ghost. The Tunisian citizen was initially arrested in 2002 by Pakistani authorities. He was then sent to two different CIA secret prisons, and then finally to the U.S. military's infamous detention center at Bagram air base in Afghanistan. ... Then on Tuesday, the U.S. military finally released him to Afghan custody." The timing is suspicious. Read more...

NATIONAL SECURITY
Clive Crook: The accounts of torture in the report on the Central Intelligence Agency's interrogation program "are shaming and revolting. They are bound to incline any decent person to the view that torture is wrong, always and everywhere. That conviction, I'm sure, ought to dictate policy -- but it's unsatisfactory nonetheless." Read more...

ECONOMICS
Mark Buchanan: "Could the innovation that has helped drive human prosperity for centuries finally be petering out?" Read more...
Mohamed A. El-Erian: In "The Newsroom," Aaron Sorkin "has helped us witness (and think about) a corporate transformational change as big and durable as that triggered by the personal-computer revolution." Read more...

POLITICS
Ramesh Ponnuru: "You're probably going to be hearing a lot about a 'retirement crisis' over the next few years. And Democrats think they know just what to do about it. ... The good news is that there is no retirement crisis." Read more...

TRANSPORTATION
Barry Ritholtz: "The Highway Trust Fund has been starved of cash, and is the process of going broke. ... Do we need to recite the cases of deteriorating bridges and buckling roads?" Read more...

SPACE
QuickTake: "The first space race was a sprint between the U.S. and Soviet Union competing for prizes of pride and military advantage. The new space race is more like a fun run, with nations and companies working together to reach asteroids, Mars and the great beyond." Read more...

WAR
Noah Smith: "The wars and violence we see on the news are real, but their immediacy makes us miss the big picture. To get a broader view, go pick up a copy of Steven Pinker's 'The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined.'" Read more...

TECH
Leonid Bershidsky: "The 'Google tax' badly needs a dictionary definition. Both Spain and the U.K. recently introduced one, but the two measures are completely different." Read more...

NEWS ROUNDUP
Zara Kessler on What's Popping
Matt Levine (Read the news roundup)
Barry Ritholtz (Read the news roundup)
Jonathan Bernstein (Read the news roundup)
  • Dan Drezner at the Washington Post on why we need a debate over whether torture "works": Read more...
  • See also Dan Larison at the American Conservative on why torture is both wrong and useless. Read more...
  • Did the Senate torture report undersell the responsibility of the Bush administration? Read more...

EUROPEAN ECONOMY
Mark Gilbert: "Yesterday's announcement that Ferrari may abandon Italy as its official residence in order to pursue lower taxes elsewhere is a potential blow to national pride. It shouldn't be." Read more...

UKRAINE CRISIS
Bershidsky: "Ukraine urgently needs a new IMF bailout, and that may finally force the country to make drastic and unpopular economic changes."Read more...

CMI Spot Prices as of Close of Trading in New York on December 11, 2014.

CMI Gold & Sliver

Spot Prices as of close of trading in New York

Thursday, December 11, 2014

GOLD

TODAYCHANGEWEEK AGOMONTH AGOYEAR AGO
$1,226.60-$3.80$1,208.60$1,158.75$1,226.15

SILVER

TODAYCHANGEWEEK AGOMONTH AGOYEAR AGO
$17.17-$0.07$16.63$15.63$19.50

PLATINUM

TODAYCHANGEWEEK AGOMONTH AGOYEAR AGO
$1,243.60-$0.30$1,247.90$1,208.60$1,367.40

PALLADIUM

TODAYCHANGEWEEK AGOMONTH AGOYEAR AGO
$821.50-$0.10$805.50$776.60$735.60

GOLD/SILVER RATIO

71.44

WSJ | Most Actives Closing on December 11, 2014.

Most Actives Closing
Most Active Stocks by Volume
4:46 pm ET 12/11/2014
NYSE
ISSUEVOLUMEPRICECHG% CHG
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCAU)123,696,420$11.18-0.29-2.53
Bank of America (BAC)70,899,53417.470.090.52
SandRidge Energy (SD)52,490,9851.79-0.19-9.60
Petroleo Brasileiro ADS (PBR)51,098,5227.42-0.33-4.26
LendingClub (LC)46,392,27623.438.4356.20
General Electric (GE)40,552,16425.410.140.55
Vale ADS (VALE)39,065,2777.26-0.28-3.71
Petroleo Brasileiro ADS A (PBRA)35,351,2797.98-0.33-3.97
Ford Motor (F)30,085,90215.280.120.79
AT&T (T)27,664,11832.710.220.68
Gramercy Property Trust (GPT)26,846,8656.450.508.40
Freeport-McMoRan (FCX)26,492,57722.98-0.98-4.09
Pfizer (PFE)24,860,16831.65-0.21-0.66
Kinder Morgan (KMI)24,043,05039.880.441.12
Sprint (S)22,674,9174.400.040.92
Halliburton (HAL)22,526,78138.230.110.29
Exxon Mobil (XOM)21,354,60789.200.530.60
Citigroup (C)20,507,68954.510.040.07
Denbury Resources (DNR)20,355,2196.620.071.07
Alcoa (AA)19,822,42615.16-0.47-3.01
Delta Air Lines (DAL)19,754,21648.332.114.57
Verizon Communications (VZ)18,213,92646.360.180.39
Transocean (RIG)17,168,77217.02-0.37-2.13
Peabody Energy (BTU)17,107,3777.41-0.36-4.63
Wells Fargo (WFC)16,723,03754.430.170.31
 
Nasdaq
ISSUEVOLUMEPRICECHG% CHG
Staples (SPLS)82,792,686$16.101.288.67
VelocityShares Daily 2x VIX Short Term ETN (TVIX)49,648,5313.010.3111.69
PowerShares QQQ Trust Series 1 (QQQ)45,870,300103.800.470.45
Apple (AAPL)41,086,343111.62-0.33-0.29
Office Depot (ODP)39,034,4057.540.8112.12
Facebook Cl A (FB)33,256,39577.731.542.02
Microsoft (MSFT)28,455,47147.170.250.53
Intel (INTC)24,642,34436.700.280.77
VelocityShares Daily Inverse VIX Short Term ETN (XIV)24,348,29431.84-2.19-6.44
eBay (EBAY)23,203,06456.781.522.75
Cisco Systems (CSCO)22,644,34226.990.120.45
Yahoo! (YHOO)20,868,52949.940.741.51
Wet Seal Cl A (WTSL)20,834,1240.08-0.20-70.13
Momo ADS (MOMO)19,803,95917.023.4024.96
Sirius XM Holdings (SIRI)19,059,6283.460.020.58
American Realty Capital Properties (ARCP)16,120,6879.230.030.33
lululemon athletica (LULU)15,472,81250.954.259.11
American Airlines Group (AAL)14,925,00950.531.603.27
GoPro (GPRO)14,140,36360.05-2.76-4.39
Ariad Pharmaceuticals (ARIA)13,616,3086.47-0.55-7.76
Micron Technology (MU)13,031,85635.190.320.92
Frontier Communications (FTR)11,040,5916.540.081.24
Gilead Sciences (GILD)10,824,511104.31-0.49-0.47
Comcast Cl A (CMCSA)10,285,16055.900.300.54
Huntington Bancshares (HBAN)9,702,40610.250.020.20
 
NYSE Arca
ISSUEVOLUMEPRICECHG% CHG
SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (SPY)150,091,095$204.191.030.51
Barclays Bank iPath S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures ETN (VXX)71,768,68532.141.815.96
iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (EEM)60,053,91338.98-0.33-0.84
Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (GDX)38,435,78919.00-0.21-1.12
iShares Russell 2000 ETF (IWM)35,284,678116.120.460.40
Select Sector SPDR-Energy (XLE)34,582,98475.42-0.05-0.07
Select Sector SPDR-Financial (XLF)32,196,61424.620.060.24
Direxion Daily Junior Gold Miners Index Bull 3X Shares (JNUG)30,136,7272.86-0.25-8.04
iShares MSCI Japan ETF (EWJ)23,918,78311.470.030.26
ProShares Ultra VIX Short-Term Futures ETF (UVXY)23,871,24627.182.8211.58
Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF (VWO)20,699,52139.43-0.37-0.93
iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (EWZ)18,633,99236.64-0.58-1.56
iShares MSCI EAFE ETF (EFA)18,554,55562.18-0.08-0.13
Direxion Daily Small Cap Bear 3x Shares (TZA)18,446,58313.42-0.16-1.18
iShares China Large-Cap ETF (FXI)17,822,59940.060.160.40
Select Sector SPDR-Consumer Discretionary (XLY)17,514,59670.450.570.82
Direxion Daily Gold Miners Bull 3x Shares (NUGT)17,057,08512.70-0.47-3.58
Market Vectors Russia ETF Trust SBI (RSX)15,374,09816.20-0.97-5.62
VelocityShares 3x Long Natural Gas ETN linked to the S&P GSCI Natural Gas Index Excess Return (UGAZ)14,519,6268.65-0.28-3.12
Market Vectors Junior Gold Minets ETF (GDXJ)14,262,13424.61-0.59-2.34
VelocityShares 3x Inverse Natural Gas ETN linked to the S&P GSCI Natural Gas Index Excess Return (DGAZ)13,013,9054.620.143.12
SPDR Barclays High Yield Bond ETF (JNK)12,859,53238.08-0.24-0.63
iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bond ETF (HYG)11,927,62288.45-0.32-0.36
SPDR S&P Oil&Gas Exploration&Production ETF (XOP)11,858,45444.36-0.33-0.74
iShares U.S. Real Estate ETF (IYR)11,027,19077.150.070.09
 
Composite
ISSUEVOLUMEPRICECHG% CHG
SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (SPY)150,091,095$204.191.030.51
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCAU)123,696,42011.18-0.29-2.53
Staples (SPLS)82,792,68616.101.288.67
Barclays Bank iPath S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures ETN (VXX)71,768,68532.141.815.96
Bank of America (BAC)70,899,53417.470.090.52
iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (EEM)60,053,91338.98-0.33-0.84
SandRidge Energy (SD)52,490,9851.79-0.19-9.60
Petroleo Brasileiro ADS (PBR)51,098,5227.42-0.33-4.26
VelocityShares Daily 2x VIX Short Term ETN (TVIX)49,648,5313.010.3312.31
LendingClub (LC)46,392,27623.438.4356.20
PowerShares QQQ Trust Series 1 (QQQ)45,870,300103.800.490.47
Apple (AAPL)41,086,343111.62-0.33-0.29
General Electric (GE)40,552,16425.410.140.55
Vale ADS (VALE)39,065,2777.26-0.28-3.71
Office Depot (ODP)39,034,4057.540.8112.12
Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (GDX)38,435,78919.00-0.21-1.12
Petroleo Brasileiro ADS A (PBRA)35,351,2797.98-0.33-3.97
iShares Russell 2000 ETF (IWM)35,284,678116.120.460.40
Select Sector SPDR-Energy (XLE)34,582,98475.42-0.05-0.07
Facebook Cl A (FB)33,256,39577.731.552.03
Select Sector SPDR-Financial (XLF)32,196,61424.620.060.24
Direxion Daily Junior Gold Miners Index Bull 3X Shares (JNUG)30,136,7272.86-0.25-8.04
Ford Motor (F)30,085,90215.280.120.79
Microsoft (MSFT)28,455,47147.170.270.58
AT&T (T)27,664,11832.710.220.68
 
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Footnotes
Includes common, closed end funds, ETFs, ETNs and REITS
x - stock is trading ex-dividend
Source: WSJ Market Data Group